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ABSTRACT OIL PAINTINGS
As an artist I've dedicated over 30 years to helping people realize the beauty and value of all animals. I shed light on overlooked and unappreciated animals and try to change public perceptions. Several traveling exhibitions in natural history museums and a nationally published column have helped me accomplish this.
The family cat "Fitters" was my childhood subject for numerous drawings as I honed my artistic skills, which were partly inherited from my dad. With a love for animals and an interest in medicine, I became a Registered Veterinary Technician. I saw such incredible beauty in anatomy and physiology. In my 20s I began my "real career" as an artist by painting dogs, cats and horses, and after many years decided to focus my talents on endangered species. Researching, painting, organizing traveling exhibitions, and writing a column bring awareness to overlooked and unappreciated animals - and satisfies my soul.
Teddy was my muse and inspiration for the Wildcats of the World series and my mom was the inspiration for the Beyond Eden abstract series.
My mom taught me the most valuable lesson about animals when I was young: "respect them and learn from them". At the time, I was dealing with a spider.
Knowing most people don't like animals such as snakes and spiders and bats and bugs, it became my personal artistic mission to help people see nature's beauty, understand its value, and hopefully transcend "speciesism".
Currently, I’m having fun painting scenery from my hikes using watercolors. Oil paints have helped me grow as an artist, especially while painting the Wildcats of the World traveling exhibition and Beyond Eden series. Earlier in my career I used the soft pastel medium to paint the California's Endangered Species and Hawaii's Endangered Species traveling exhibitions along with hundreds of dogs, cats and horses commissioned by private collectors.
I've also challenged myself by moving from realism to abstraction, which has been a wonderful journey of discovery.